We all have periods where we feel just plain overwhelmed. For me, they usually involve over-committing myself to work projects for prolonged period of times and not getting enough sleep. And it’s always easily solved by taking a day or two off to step back and enjoy life. But for the last month, this sense of overwhelmingness (is that a real word?) has been almost everlasting. A combination of work projects/deadlines, constant social activities, a couple of road trips, endless doctor’s appointments, baby planning, my grandmother being sick and passing away, some serious preg-somnia, things breaking around the house, an excess of extra bills, my husband being on the road for almost a month, and a bunch of other things I won’t bore you with, and I just feel a good ol’ classic cocktail of anxiety and mental exhaustion.
I’m happy being consistently active, and I don’t like to feel bored. But if I had time to lie on the couch and eat ice cream for a solid week, I’m pretty sure that’s what I’d be doing right now. My friends keep reminding me that I’m growing a human and all that stuff, hence the whole drained feeling being normal. And I know that’s part of it. At the same time, I feel like an ass complaining about having too much going on while I’m pregnant, because guess what? When that baby arrives, any exhaustion or feelings of being overwhelmed that I’ve ever had are all going to be piled together and multiplied times, like, a million. This is nothing. (Even if it doesn’t feel like nothing.)
I didn’t make the decision to do this post because I needed to vent, or to broadcast to the world how much I’ve had going on. We all have a lot going on. I decided to do this post because just as I’m reminding myself to take a breath right now, I’m reminding all of you too. We’re all stressed out. We all take on too much. It’s our nature. And we all end up feeling drained. So take a breath (one of those really good, deep, satisfying ones), and remember that it’s all going to be okay. Then, if you’d like, take a minute to share in the comments how you decompress when you’re feeling overwhelmed. I’d love to know!
Photo taken at Bartlett Lake, Arizona. March 2013.